Binay wants full accounting of PDAF in Arroyo, PNoy admin
MANILA (UPDATE) – Vice President Jejomar Binay is calling for a full accounting of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) disbursements during the past and under the present administration.
"I would also want a full accounting of PDAF disbursements during the previous administration and under the present administration if only to assure our people that the sins we assigned to the previous regime are no longer with us," Binay said in a statement on Saturday.
Binay made the statement following President Benigno Aquino III's call for the abolition of PDAF or pork barrel.
Aquino noted that despite reforms, the existing pork barrel system continues to be prone to corruption.
Binay said there is a need to ensure that disbursements by the executive departments are based on real public needs rather than political considerations.
"Otherwise, we will be reverting to the discredited practice of the past administration where the executive had total control in deciding who gets funding from the national government. I am certain that this is not what the President wants to happen," he said.
He also urged all Filipinos to unite to ensure that the President's decision will be implemented with "greater transparency, accountability and impartiality."
Under Aquino's proposed system, lawmakers can still propose certain projects for their constituents but there will now be a menu these projects should conform with.
Aquino's call drew mixed reactions from lawmakers and civil society groups.
While some laud his anti-pork stance, some say the President should lead by example by also scrapping his “presidential pork.”
A protest against the pork barrel system will be held by citizens and civil society groups at the Rizal Park on Monday.
Simultaneous protests are also scheduled in Naga, Cebu and Baguio.